The Handbook of Research Management is a unique tool for the newly promoted research leader. Larger-scale projects are becoming more common throughout the social sciences and humanities, housed in centres, institutes and programmes. Talented researchers find themselves faced with new challenges to act as managers and leaders rather than as individual scholars. They are responsible for the careers and professional development of others, and for managing interactions with university administrations and external stakeholders. Although many scientific and technological disciplines have long been organized in this way, few resources have been created to help new leaders understand their roles and responsibilities and to reflect on their practice.

This Handbook has been created by the combined experience of a leading social scientist and a chief executive of a major international research development institution and funder. The editors have recruited a truly global team of contributors to write about the challenges they have encountered in the course of their careers, and to provoke readers to think about how they might respond within their own contexts.

This book will be a standard work of reference for new research leaders, in any discipline or country, looking for help and inspiration. The editorial commentaries extend its potential use in support of training events or workshops where groups of new leaders can come together and explore the issues that are confronting them.

Crafting Strategic Events to Strengthen Research Outputs and Disseminate Results

Nicole RestrickLevit

Most readers will be quite familiar with the academic conference model, as practiced by disciplinary associations and interest groups – a panel or series of panels in which four or five researchers present their work in blocks of fifteen to twenty minutes, followed by discussant comments and audience questions. Variations on this model might include more extended discussion – after each paper or a series of papers on a chosen theme is presented. Sometimes a discussant summarizes the papers and the authors respond to the summary and comments rather than presenting themselves. These formats are time tested and effective, when the intent is to present new work to a peer academic audience accustomed to ...

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